The seaside town of Blackpool attracts thousands of visitors every year, the lure of the arcades, promenade and yachting beach is enough to keep the town alive.
Over the years, many different hotels have popped up in the city, and it’s true that some have been better than others.
Finding the perfect accommodation isn’t always easy, so if you haven’t visited before you go what the pictures look like on the website or word of mouth, you are taking a risk – as is the case everywhere you will.
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Lots of people take to TripAdvisor to share their thoughts on city breaks, good and bad – but people also like to air their views on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and even TikTok.
Over the last year or so Lancs Live have written a whole series of articles about some of the worst hotels in Blackpool and some of the horror stories that go with them.
We have collected some of these stories for you to read, as with all of these stories, Lancs Live has always approached the hotel owner for comment.
Man’s Blackpool hotel stay with peeling wallpaper, moldy shower and ghostly ‘spirit’ in his room
On one boozy night out, a man booked himself into one of Blackpool’s worst-rated hotels and pledged to share his experience with his followers on TikTok.
Stephen Gamsby has amassed over 55,000 followers on the platform and it was a night out in Manchester when he decided to take the plunge and book himself a stay at Avano, ranked 187th out of 218 hotels in Blackpool.
The 26-year-old, from Birmingham and now living in Warwickshire, woke up the next morning and remembered what he had been up to the night before.
“We went out to Manchester on Thursday night and coming back from a club we decided to go to Blackpool because we wanted to go out in the evening,” Stephen told LancsLive.
“I woke up the next morning and thought ‘oh my God, what have I done’. But we thought ‘surely it can’t be that bad? So we went.”
Read more about Stephen’s stay at the 2.5 star hotel here.
Mum lasts 10 minutes at Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool after reporting smells of cannabis and beer bottles littering the floor
Norbreck Castle has made the headlines more than once, but more recently a woman said she would have rather ‘slept in a tent’ than in a hotel.
Angie Pope traveled from John o’ Groats in Scotland to celebrate a relative’s 100th birthday and only lasted 10 minutes before booking elsewhere and leaving.
She said that in addition to the smell, there were beer bottles and juice bottles “lying on the floor” with some even “on top” of a fire extinguisher.
Angie had taken her grandson to Blackpool to meet his family “for the first time”. They were staying at the resort for four nights and given the rarity of the trip, Angie booked the Norbreck Castle Hotel so her grandson could stay in a castle.
But she quickly saw that it had nothing to do with a castle and left.
Read more about Angie’s stay here.
Have you ever had a bad experience at a hotel in Blackpool? Let us know in the comments below.
Blackpool hotel holiday horror leaves man swearing never to return
Britannia-owned Norbreck Castle Hotel on Queen’s Promenade made headlines again in October last year when a man vowed never to return to Blackpool after his stay at the hotel .
He booked a hotel stay last summer, but it’s safe to say he wasn’t impressed with what he did.
He took to TripAdvisor to share his experience and how the stay put him off returning to Blackpool.
Posting a review, he said: “The room was dirty and smelled of weed where parties were going on in more than one room next door [until] 9am the next morning, despite complaining more than ten times, we were not moved and no one did anything about the other guest making noise and doing drugs all night.”
Read the full review he left on TripAdvisor here.
Guest at Blackpool Britannia Grand Hotel slams ‘awful’ New Year’s stay ending in 5am chaos on seafront
Earlier this year, Sarah Walker told Lancs Live how her family was forced to evacuate a ‘dirty’ Blackpool hotel in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
Sarah’s family along with many other guests were reportedly forced out of the Grand Hotel and onto the cold seafront at 5.25am when a fire alarm sounded throughout the building.
Sarah, who described the experience as ‘horrifying and dangerous’, said she was separated from her sister during the ensuing chaos as staff reportedly did not give advice on where to evacuate or what was going on.
Read the full story of Sarah’s experience here.
Blackpool hotel where one guest found a needle and another discovered a dead pigeon on the windowsill
A hotel ranked #627 out of 900 B&Bs in Blackpool has racked up many unhappy reviews from previous guests on TripAdvisor.
Some of those who stayed at the Avari Beach Hotel on Read’s Avenue respectively claimed to have found a needle in their room, as well as dead pigeons outside their bedroom window.
On February 12, in a post shared publicly on Facebook, Shane A Wilkinson wrote: “Any body thinking of stopping at this Avari hotel in Blackpool, that’s what one of the kids found.”
On the post, Shane included two photographs of a needle that was allegedly found in their hotel room.
Read the full story here and see photos of the needle Shane allegedly found in the room.
The chain behind Blackpool’s iconic hotels voted the worst in the country for the ninth consecutive year
The chain behind four of Blackpool’s best-known hotels has again been voted the worst in the country.
Britannia received the dubious honor for the ninth consecutive year in consumer group Which?’s annual survey.
The chain has 61 hotels across the country, including Norbreck Castle, Grand Hotel, Metropole and Savoy which are all in Blackpool.
You can read the full story here.
We stayed at the Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool and would not stay there again if someone begged us to.
Our reporter Rebecca Lockwood took a trip to Blackpool last year to stay at the Norbreck Castle Hotel and vowed never to return.
At first glance, the Hotel Norbreck is hideous. That’s it. It looks like a prison, and for some reason whoever painted the building decided the black and gray would make a nice sight for anyone walking down the Fylde coast, Rebecca reported.
As we walked from reception to find our room, another guest told us we had made a “big mistake” in our hotel choice and we laughed. But there’s no nice way to say this: our room was grim.
You can read Rebecca’s full report here.
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